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towards the Manta Rays

Feb 14, 2007

Location: Bandos Resort, Maldives
Author: Chantale
We got back into classes this morning with a nautical science class on tides followed by a marine science class where we talked about dangerous marine animals and what not to touch underwater. We had a guest today, Guy Stevens, a marine biologist who works at a local resort and has been studying manta rays in the Maldives for the last 5 years. He arrived right at lunch time and as soon as he arrived we raised anchor to move to the West side of the atoll, where mantas are quite abundant at this time of year. We had Keely, Tommy and Andrea up in the rig watching for reefs during our motor over, and didn’t have any problems spotting shallow areas, which were bright turquoise in the midday sun. We arrived at Rasfari island around 3pm and several of us went snorkeling and swimming in the shallow clear water by the island. Guy gave us a talk on manta rays and his research in the Maldives and tomorrow we’ll jump in the water and hopefully dive with the mantas!